Loosely based on the
1966 TV series, The Green Hornet is a modern reboot of this crime
fighting superhero. However unlike most superhero films, there is a role
reversal in progress here and even though The Green Hornet (Seth Rogen)
is the main character, his sidekick Kato is actually the "real" brains
behind this crime fighting duo.
The story centres around Britt Reid, aka
The Green Hornet who is the son of a wealthy media mogul called James
Reid (Tom Wilkinson) and instead of helping his father run the
business, he spends his time partying and living the high life.
However Britt is becoming bored with his life and when his father dies,
he comes up with the idea to become vigilantes where he draws Kato (Jay
Chou) into his schemes.
Thankfully for Britt, Kato is not only a genius
but also a talented martial artist who not only saves his employees butt a
few times but creates the wonderful gadgets of the Green Hornet. Given
these ideas, they soon
come up with the idea to clean the streets of Los Angeles when they
learn that crime lords Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz) is murdering
his competition, it's time to intervene. The solution? The two attempt to save the town by
pretending that they are criminals in order to get closer to Chudnofsky.
Needless to say, The Green Hornet is steeped in action and involves some
rather cool car chase scenes and lots of fights with Rogen
once again playing his comedic role. Chou on the other hand plays the
perfect straight man to Rogen but the star is Christoph Waltz as the
flashy villain Chudnofsky, not to mention Cameron Diaz... although she
is a little wasted here.
With more property damage than you can poke a
stick at, The Green Hornet is an interesting take on the original idea,
however falls a little flat due to ad nausea. Unfortunately much of the
charm is missing from the original premise and director Michel Gondry seems to rely on
the humour of Rogen and of course, larger than life action scenes. It's
not a bad movie per se but it does seem a little too scripted but
ironically Rogen actually works as the slightly unfit and overweight
It's just that the story needed some more tweaking.
Video, Audio & Special Features
The image quality of The Green Hornet boasts vibrant colours, deep
blacks with a minimal amount of errors thanks to the 1080/AVC-encoded
picture. Sony should once again be commended on the transfer, especially
with the sharp image quality like seeing the skin tones of the actors
and detailed textures of their clothes.
In terms of audio, the films support a DTS-HD
Master Audio soundtrack that is a lossless mix and makes good use of all
your satellite speakers. There are some powerful scenes in this movie
that makes your speakers come to life with the roar of its bass and the
cool car of The Green Hornet.
Dialogue is crystal clear as is the music and sound effects.
When it comes to special features, The Green Hornet features;
The Green hornet
Awesome Gag Reel
Trust Me - Director
Writing The Green
The Black Beauty:
Rebirth of Cool
The Stunt Family
The Art of
The special features are
quite diverse and give you a real insight into creating this Hollywood
In the end, The Green
Hornet comes across as a rather average action comedy film that is too
clichéd and relies on the stock standard archetype of action/comedy from
its predictable plot and as Rogen as the funny man. There is however
some very cool action sequences, especially the fight scenes with Jay
Chou but unfortunately the type casting of Rogen gets in the way, even
though he has some good scenes. It's like the director told Rogen to act
a certain way but deep down, he wants his superhero to come out.
Even so, it's definitely worth a watch.